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Ethiopia’s Oromia state brings 600 alleged corrupt individuals to justice

In its vigorous crackdown against corruption, Ethiopia’s Oromia Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission on Wednesday announced it has brought to justice 600 individuals of which 93 were jailed from 6 months to thirteen years during the past nine months.Among these include 3 town mayors who were sentenced to rigorous imprisonment.

The Commission has also succeeded in confiscating more than $4.5 million and 96,200 square meters of land illegally owned by leaders and implementers at various levels in state.

The commission has been carrying various activities in corruption affected identified sectors.

Oromia Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission stated that it has been implementing the Integrated Corruption-Prevention Strategy of the regional state.

While briefing local journalists on Wednesday, Commissioner Hirut Biraasa said $1.3 million was also prevented from embezzlement.

Some over $300 thousand, 230,219 square meters of land, 40 condos and 6 vehicles were frozen, she added.

According to the Commissioner, the state will conduct a week-long public forum starting from tomorrow to create awareness among the public so as to step up the anti-corruption struggle.


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